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Alex Katz
Born 1927 in Brooklyn, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY
Coleman Pond II, 1995
oil paint on canvas
96 x 72 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation
1997.3
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Katz uses flat colors, smoothly brushed surfaces, and highly simplified drawing in his radically stylized paintings. He presents images in large scale, reminiscent of billboards and wide-angle filmmaking. His most prolific work has been in figuration but his landscape paintings reveal a profound interest in nature—especially the view from the window of his house in Maine, a view that includes Coleman Pond. In his work, Katz's reference to filmmaking can be seen in his presentation of movement—the water shimmers in the soft, nighttime illumination.